The Board of Directors of the Achievers Program, Inc. will be hosting their 2017 National College Signing Day Program on Saturday June 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Achievement Center, 38 Vandever Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19803.
The 2017 Achievers Program National College Signing Day is modeled after the popularized televised press conferences covering high school athletes announcing their selected college to attend and play sports. Our “Signing Day” is a similar concept – however, most of the Achievers that will be celebrated in our program have been admitted into their college/university purely on their academic merit. Most of these “Achievers” being recognized attend high schools in New Castle County—thus the 2017 Achievers Program National College Signing Day is an opportunity to celebrate academic achievement amongst young people here in our local community.
Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki said he is honored to be invited to attend this year’s program. “I am looking forward to celebrating with these academic achievers and their families,” said Mayor Purzycki. “This is one of the most important and necessary series of accomplishments for a younger person today—the opportunity to attend college, earn a degree and begin a fulfilling career,” said Mayor Purzycki.
Among the College/University commitments for this year’s program include: Florida A&M University, Case Western University, York College, University of the Sciences (Philadelphia).
All press and media are invited to attend and cover the event.
About The Achievers Program, Inc.
In 1987, the Wilmington Achievers Program was founded on the vision that a group of exceptional and dedicated young men could be bonded together in pride and commitment. Participants in the program were young men ages 16 to 19 recommended by their schools, faith based organizations, community organizations, family and friends. This vital program would be designed to develop and encourage excellence in young African-American men, while assisting in creating positive images of these males in the total community.
With this purpose in mind, the Wilmington Chapter of Links, Incorporated and the Wilmington Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, the founders of the program, created the program theme –“Promoting Excellence in African-American Young Men”. The overall goal of the program would be to provide a comprehensive enriching experience for African-American male youth that would assist them in developing:
♦ self-confidence and self-esteem
♦ understanding their importance to our culture and family values
♦ racial pride
♦ appreciation of their values and how to succeed
♦ pride in self
♦ confidence to achieve their potential
♦ respect and tolerance for others
To accomplish program goals and objectives, workshops and activities were planned that would give the young men an opportunity to experience the positive aspects of African-American culture. The opportunity to receive scholarships for post-secondary education would be available, and as importantly, the program participants would meet and work with local role models who encourage them to develop skills necessary for successful living and strengthen qualities that reflect responsible manhood.
During the entire period of preparation, the young men receive the support and teachings of African-American entrepreneurs, executives, educators and professionals. Workshops and activities focus on such areas as goal setting, leadership, community involvement, family values, sexual responsibility, financial responsibility, career planning, business and social etiquette – all serving to promote the personal and intellectual growth and development of African-American male youth.
The Wilmington Achievers Program has grown considerably since its inception. The growth and popularity within the community not only reinforces the need for such a program, but more importantly, the desire for such a program by young African-American men. Since 1987, over $650,000 in scholarships have been distributed to deserving young men.